Discerning Brits' £5 billion premium drinks cabinet - Franklin & Sons

Discerning Brits’ £5 billion premium drinks cabinet

19th July 2017
  • Typical British home has a ‘drinks cabinet’ worth £206.85, according to new study by premium tonic and mixer specialist Franklin & Sons
  • Average monthly spend on alcohol is £113.79 per household – or £1,365.48 a year – with the UK’s growing cocktail culture appearing to have made
    drinkers more discerning in their home-drinking and home-entertaining choices
  • Craft spirits boom led by drinkers in the North East and Wales
  • But poor habits in how we prepare our favourite drinks could be spoiling our overall enjoyment
  • Joel Harrison & Neil Ridley, aka World’s Best Spirits give their top tips on how to serve some great cocktails this summer, including the
    Ultimate G&T

To make sure G&T lovers get their favourite drink right this summer, Messrs Harrison and Ridley have crafted a special new Franklin & Sons serve to help
drinkers craft the perfect G&T every time this summer.

Joel Harrison commented: “For us, gin is perhaps the most accessible and exciting spirit of the moment, and given the recent explosion in regional styles which
use some wildly creative botanicals, the Gin & Tonic is a perfect place to hone your inventive drink-making skills.”

World’s Best Spirits’ Definitive Gin & Tonic


  1. Fill a large wine glass with fresh cubed ice
  2. Pour over 60ml of gin; our current favourite is from East London Liquor Company (widely available online) or Sipsmith (widely available including from Tesco, £25, 70cl)
  3. Add one star anise, a small handful of juniper berries, one cardamon pod and a piece of cinnamon bark – whilst you don’t want to change the flavour of the gin too much, the influence of the botanicals will change as you slowly enjoy your drink
  4. Top with Franklin & Sons Natural Indian Tonic Water (available from Sainsbury’s) – it is slightly drier than most other tonics, which really gives the gin a chance to stand out from too much overpowering sweetnes
  5. Garnish with a thin piece of Amalfi lemon zest, twisted over the glass to bring out all the oils
  6. Stir gently to balance all the flavours, sit back and enjoy a little taste of absolute delight

Sicilian Spritzer


  • 50ml (or 60ml if you’re feeling generous) of well-aged Oloroso sherry (Williams & Humbert 12-Year-Old is a fine choice – available from Waitrose, £8.79,
  • Two dashes Bitter Truth Aromatic bitters
  • 10ml fresh pineapple juice
  • One small bottle of Franklin & Sons Sicilian Lemon Tonic (available from Tesco and Selfridges)


  1. Build over plenty of fresh ice in a large wine glass and stir gently
  2. Garnish with a sprig of bruised mint and a thin piece of lemon zest (expressed for added aroma

Japanese Soda


  • 50ml Hibiki Harmony blended Japanese whisky (available in Waitrose, £59.99, 70cl)
  • Two dashes cherry bitters
  • Two dashes chocolate bitters
  • Franklin & Sons 1886 Kola Nut Cola (available from Sainsbury’s, £3 750ml)


  1. Build in a Collins glass filled with ice
  2. Add the whisky, drizzle the bitters in and stir to release the flavours
  3. Top up with Franklin & Sons 1886 Kola Nut Cola
  4. Garnish with a piece of fresh yuzu peel